Why You Need A Custom Tattoo Design (Advisory: Conflict Inevitable)

John Dietrich

Getting a custom tattoo design should be the first step for anyone looking to get a tattoo, from First Time Customers to Tattoo Veterans. Custom Tattoo Design creates synergy between the customer and the artist, saving everyone time and money while ensuring that customers get exactly what they want without any pressure.

Tattoo Customer Categories

First Time Customers

These customers are extremely excited, the idea of a tattoo is a boost of adrenaline.  Generally, first timers are intimidated by the people in the tattoo shops and they lack experience with the tattoo process. This makes perfect sense! Everyone is nervous about the unknown. On the tattoo design side, people tend to have many ideas; however, no one wants to be laughed out of a tattoo shop for their unique thoughts. Think about how empowered someone who has never had a tattoo would feel walking into a tattoo shop with their dream tattoo design idea in hand?

Why this customer needs a custom tattoo design: The ability to make all the changes they want without the pressure of making a decision on the spot to get a tattoo until they’re 100% ready. This empowers the customer and helps grow the industry by connecting the artist and the client with a clear vision. Regardless of if the tattoo artists make minor alterations before the tattoo is applied, the process is much smoother and everyone is clear on the objective.

What happens in tattoo shops: In most cases the tattoo artist will draw a simple sketch and talk the customer into making changes that suit their own style or preference. If you booked your tattoo on a Tuesday and you see the sketch 5 minutes before your appointment, how can you possibly make changes? In most cases first time customers trust the artist and end up getting something much different then they planned in their head. Unless the design is a very basic one, customers often end up leaving with something completely different than anticipated.

Veteran Tattoo Enthusiasts

These customers know the ropes. They have been in many shops and have no problem understanding the process. You might be thinking “Why the heck would someone who knows tattoo artists need a custom tattoo design ?”

Why this customer needs a custom tattoo design: Tattoo Veterans suffer all the same issues that first time customers go through. In many cases, people jump from artist to artist based on their experience with specific artists or shops. If you don’t think veterans get pressured into getting lame designs or not seeing a design at all, think again. There’s a reason cover up tattoos are popular! Regardless of experience level, if the tattoo artist doesn’t give the person what they want, they won’t come back.

Veterans choose to get a custom tattoo design done first because they have a specific idea they want to have drawn up. They know the tattoo shop will only give them a rough sketch and book their tattoo the same day they see it. People want to see a tattoo sketch quickly so they can start moulding it to their dream design. If you’re a vet, you know you’re often waiting several weeks to see a simple draft, let alone a full blown piece of art. People want the ability to have their exact dream design in their hands so they can get exactly what they want on their body. The days of looking through a book and finding a random bird just to simply get the same bird as everyone else are over.

Tattoo artists and the truth

The simple and blunt fact of the matter is that most tattoo artists don’t want to draw your tattoos. They want to get paid to tattoo. And they get paid a lot of money to do just that. Can you blame them? Don’t get me wrong, many tattoo artists love the artistic part of the business but they are few and far between.

Let’s put you in their shoes for two seconds and let common sense tell us:

Tattoo Artists thinks:  “I’m a great artist, people will just walk in off the street and I’m so good I can freehand a solid piece on them today. Why the heck would I want to draw a 50 hour sleeve, do their alterations and make changes over months, when I can tattoo for 50 hours and make $10,000?”

Customer thinks:  “Man this tattoo is going to cost me $3000 and be on my body forever. They should totally draw this for me for free so I can see what I’m getting first.”

Reality:  Customers change their mind all the time, especially regarding large pieces like full sleeves. So while the artist takes the time to draw something great, the customer walks away. The tattoo artists get paid nothing? This isn’t fair to them or their time; so Custom Tattoo Design was born to fill this void.

We can help with your Custom Tattoo Design!

Custom Tattoo Design is currently the world’s #1 provider of 100% custom tattoo designs. We live by the phrase “You Dream It, We Draw it.” We offer:

  • Convenience with the ability to make changes directly with your artist from anywhere in the world
  • Unlimited revisions until your design is perfect
  • 100% Custom designs and you own the copyright
  • One on One Consultation with your professional tattoo designer
  • Money Back Guarantee “we stand behind our work”
  • No pressure to book a tattoo today, no pressure to ask for changes, get exactly what you want!
  • Confidence!

Everyone who comes to Custom Tattoo Design fits into one of our select categories. Whether you are a First Time Tattoo Customer, or a Veteran Tattoo Customer. As a matter of fact, everyone in the tattoo space fits into these similar categories. So why would we segment people? That seems so judgmental and maybe even discriminating. The reason is because we all react differently to everything from new products and new ideas to social proof. I think you will be surprised with what we have learned over the last 5 years of drawing Custom Tattoo Designs.

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Lee Roller / Founder of Custom Tattoo Design

My name is Lee Roller, as the original founder of Custom Tattoo Design I cannot stress enough how much I love the service this business provides and the amazing people I have been able to work with. One of the most rewarding aspects of creating custom tattoos comes from being a part of the amazing stories our customers share through their tattoo design ideas. I am personally involved with each customer and their design; it’s my priority to make sure everyone’s design is perfect. I hope you’ll allow us the opportunity to help you bring your tattoo design idea to life.


  1. What do I receive when I purchase a Custom Tattoo Design?
    Custom Tattoo Design is truly unique; we offer an amazing service that includes:

    • 24/7 Customer Service
    • Your Own Design Team; we allow you 100% input throughout the design process,
    • Full scale artwork in presentation format including sketches and Final Product in HD.
    • Certificate of authenticity releasing any copy rights. (Some Tattoo shops will want to see a release on artwork if it’s custom).
  2. What guarantee do I have if I use your services?
    100% Money Back Guarantee: Once you make your deposit we don’t ask you for any future commitment. After you see your initial Sketches you can choose then to walk away and we will refund your deposit. You also have 2 other great choices; request a new artist or continue with your design (95% completion rate at CTD) where you can request any changes you might have. If you love the way the design is going, just let your artist know to continue to the next stage and get ready for an amazing final design. In the end we want you to be ecstatic and tell everyone about your Custom Tattoo Design.
  3. What if I live in another country or city?
    Custom Tattoo Design works with people all over the world. By working with our customers primarily online we can send designs to anywhere in the world instantly. Don’t let distance keep you from working with us on your next Custom Tattoo Design.
  4. How do I pay?
    You can either pay by credit card or PayPal. Here are the cards we accept:

    If you have any questions regarding payments, please contact our customer service manager at: [email protected]

  5. Is the art Truly Custom?
    We pride ourselves on being a completely custom service; each piece is started from scratch with the input of the client and the artist. We do hours of research and use combinations of references from the client, web and inspiration from around the world. No stencils here!
  6. How do I get started on my own Custom Tattoo Design?
    The first step is filling out the contact form and sending us the description of your Custom tattoo design. It’s ok if you don’t have a specific idea or if you don’t have it planned to perfection; we will work with you to plan everything out from beginning to end. Once we receive your email we will custom quote you’re design and determine the correct size. In a few minutes we will send you a follow up email with a link to the corresponding deposit page. Once we quote your design and you make the appropriate deposit we will select the best artist for your design and have them contact you in 24-48hour depending on the size and complexity of the design. Your Custom Tattoo Designer will contact you with any questions they might have and you’re off! You will work one on one until your design is perfect.
  7. How much will my custom design cost?
    All the design prices are broken down by size; Small, Medium, Large and XL. You can find the prices under the pricing tab and use them as a guideline. However every piece is ultimately custom priced based on the size and intricacy of the project. Once you send us your idea we can work with you to quote it and make sure it fits your budget. You have no obligation to purchase anything, all our quotes are free.
  8. How long will it take to finish my design?
    After you submit your design our artist/team will contact you to discuss layout, references and anything else they may need to get started. It will take roughly 2-3 days to get your working sketches finished. From here we will get your personal feedback and make any changes necessary to start on the final drafts. Medium and Large Designs are expected to take 3-5 business days however our goal is to create amazing custom designs. We do not promote mass production but rather make sure every customer is 100% satisfied; based on the size and amount of revisions we take however long is needed.
  9. Who will be designing my tattoo?
    Custom Tattoo Design has compiled the best talent from all over the world. Each Designer has their own strength, style and experience; we match you up with artists based on your Custom Tattoo Design needs. We have the top international tattoo artist from all around the world.
  10. Is it possible to do any type or style of Design?
    Absolutely, we have talented artist who can tackle any project from photo realism to memorial pieces. The best thing you can do is send us your idea or ask us about your design and we will get back to you right away. We are also the only place in the world that designs large, XL and full sleeve designs.
  11. Can you help me with a cover up of a current tattoo?
    Yes we can! Again this is a Custom issue, Please send us a request form and we will guide you through the process helping you with your cover piece. We will need one or several clear pictures of the current tattoo.